2011-2012 Events

Autumn 2011:

  • October 3 - "Budrus" - Film Screening at Doc Films (Seeing Human Rights)
    co-sponsor: Students for Justice in Palestine
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  • October 11 - International House Global Voices Author Night Series - "Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy"
    Susan N. Herman, President, American Civil Liberties Union; (co-sponsors: Seminary Co-op Bookstore, International House Global Voices Program, the University of Chicago Press, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and the ACLU of UC)
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  • October 12 -Convening of Chicago Student Human Rights Network (co-sponsors: The Midwest Coalition for Human Rights, DePaul University International Human Rights Law Institute, Amnesty International USA)
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  • October 18 - "Human Rights - From Syria to Chicago"
    Panel: Susan Gzesh, HRP; Debra Erenberg, Amnesty International; Noura Almasri and Alaa Basatneh, Syrian American Activists; Tio Hardiman, CeaseFire of Illinois (organized by South Side Amnesty International, cosponsored by HRP)
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  • November 5 - "The Ground Up: Exploring the Right to the City" - A Film Symposium (Seeing Human Rights) Films: Land of Opportunity (2010, Dir. Luisa Dantas), Voices of Cabrini: Remaking Chicago's Public Housing (1999, Dirs. Ronit Bezalel and Antonio Ferrera) and excerpts of Cabrini Green: Mixing It Up (2011, Dirs. Ronit Bezalel and Brenda Schumacher); Panel: Ronit Bezalel, Filmmaker; Deidre Brewster, Human Rights organizer
    Luisa Dantas, Filmmaker; Janet Smith, Associate Professor, CUPPA-UIC; Moderated by Judy Hoffman, Cinema and Media Studies and Visual Arts, University of Chicago (co-sponsors: the Film Studies Center, the Civic Knowledge Project and Chicago Studies)
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    http://humanrights.uchicago.edu/righttothecity/

  • November 7 - "Impunity and Cycles of Violence in Zimbabwe"
    Speakers: Farai Maguwu, Director, Center for Research and Development, Eastern Zimbabwe; Tiseke Kasambala, Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch (co-sponsor: Chicago Committee for Human Rights Watch)
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  • November 10 - "The Ongoing Struggle for Land, Justice and Indigenous Rights in Guatemala"
    Maria Choc, Indigenous Rights Activist; (co-sponsors: Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America, the Guatemala Human Rights Commission, the Center for Latin American Studies)
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  • November 11-12 - American Red Cross Undergraduate Workshop on International Humanitarian Law: "Humanitarian Action & Humanitarian Principles in Armed Conflict"
    (co-sponsor: Chicago office of the American Red Cross)
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  • November 21 - NALACC National Tour - "The Tragedy of Migrants in Transit from Central America-Mexico to the U.S."
    Panelists - Father Alejandro Solalinde; Cristian Pineda Flores, artist; Marcela Zamora, filmmaker; (co-sponsor: National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities - NALACC)
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Winter 2012:

  • January 12 - "All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals"
    David Scheffer, former ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues, Director, Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern University School of Law. Introduction by Susan Gzesh, Executive Director of the Human Rights Program (organized as a part of The World Beyond the Headlines lecture series of the Center for International Studies; co-sponsors: International Human Rights Law Society and the Seminary Co-op Bookstore)
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  • January 18 - Jabuary 21 - "The Blessing Next to the Wound: Imagination and Social Change"
    Hector Aristizábal, psychologist, actor, and human rights activist and Diane Lefer, playwright and author
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    • January 18 - Sneak Preview of Beneath the Blindfold, followed by a Q&A with Hector Aristizábal and filmmakers Ines Sommer and Kathy Berger

    • January 19 - Performance by Hector Aristizábal: Nightwind, followed by a book signing for The Blessing Next to the Wound by Hector Aristizábal and Diane Lefer

    • January 20 - Brown Bag Lunch and Discussion on advocacy and Theater of the Oppressed with Hector Aristizábal and Diane Lefer

    • January 20 - Reading/Performance by Diane Lefer

    • January 20 - Workshop with Hector Aristizábal: Awakening the Imagination for Social Change

    • Jabuary 21, 10m-12:30 pm - Workshop with Diane Lefer: Teaching Writing as a Tool for Social Change
      (co-sponsors: the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, the Civic Knowledge Project, the Film Studies Center, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, the Writer's Studio program at the Graham School of Continuing Professional and Liberal Studies, International House, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the Theater and Performance Studies Program, and the Urban Teacher Education Program)

  • Febuary 7-28 - "Cities on Speed: Global Visions for an Urban Future"- A documentary project of four films on the challenges posed by megacities (organized by the Center for Latin American Studies
    co-sponsors: the South Asia Language and Area Center, the Committee on Southern Asia Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for East Asian Studies, and the Center for International Studies)
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  • March 2 - "Truth and Reconciliation after the Holocaust? The Case of Lithuania"
    Ellen Cassedy, Author of "We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust" (co-sponsors: The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies and The Newberger Hillel Center)
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Spring 2012:

  • April 10 - "At Your Own Risk: What Is To Be Done?"
    Van Jones, environmental advocate and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, artist (organized by University Community Service Center; co-sponsors: portoluz; the Museum of Contemporary Art; and The College, Office of Civic Engagement, Office of Sustainability, International House Global Voices Program)
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  • April 11 - "Mayan Cultural Politics and the Guatemalan Dream: Understanding Mayan cosmovision at the intersection of politics, spirituality and the material world"
    Carlos Escalante, Intercultural Coordinator, Sustainable Development for Guatemala (DESGUA) (co-sponsors: the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for International Studies, and Sustainable Development for Guatemala - DESGUA)
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  • April 17 - May 15 - "Human Rights: Ideas + Institutions"
    A lecture series by Professor Elizabeth Borgwardt
    Richard & Ann Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights, University of Chicago
    Associate Professor of History, Washington University in St Louis
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    • April 17 - "The Transformation of the Modern International Human Rights Regime"
      Introduction by Professor James Sparrow, Associate Professor of History, University of Chicago
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    • May 1 - " 'Constitutionalizing' Human Rights: The Rise and Rise of the Nuremberg Principles"
      Introduction by Professor Jane Dailey, Associate Professor of History, University of Chicago
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    • May 15 - "Commerce and Complicity: Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Abuses"
      (co-sponsor: Public Law Workshop)

  • April 19 - "NATO: Where It Came From & Where It's Going"
    John Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago (co-sponsors: University Community Service Center (UCSC) and the College)
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  • April 24 - "Challenges in Combatting Torture: A Conversation with Juan E. Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture"
    Juan E. Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (co-sponsors: International House Global Voices Program)
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  • May 5 - "Atomic Age II: Fukushima" Symposium (organized by the Committee on Japanese Studies and Center for East Asian Studies
    co-sponsors: the Franke Institute for the Humanities and the Program on the Global Environment)
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  • May 31 - 2012 Robert H. Kirschner, M.D. Memorial Human Rights Lecture: "Reconnecting in the Aftermath of El Salvador's Civil War: The Joys and Challenges of Finding Family"
    Prof. Margaret E. Ward and Nelson Ward de Witt
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